Hull will turn blue on Thursday to mark the NHS’s 70 birthday.
Many of the city’s most iconic landmarks, as well as buildings at the University of Hull, will be bathed in blue light to mark the occasion. Staff at the Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust are also invited to wear blue to mark the anniversary.
- the fountain in Queen Victoria Square
- Queen Victoria statue in Queen Victoria Square
Councillor Gwen Lunn, portfolio holder for adult social care and public health, said: “The city is going to look spectacular, particularly within Queen Victoria Square where buildings all around the square will be lit up, as well as Queen Victoria herself.
“The NHS is vitally important to everyone who lives here; it treats us and employs us, we’re proud of it and grateful for it.
“Occasions like this are exactly what this lighting installation was designed for – we look forward to seeing fantastic images shared on social media.”
As the centrepiece of the University of Hull’s £28-million health campus, staff, students and graduates will gather at 10pm to watch the building light up blue as a tribute to the NHS.
Hull’s All For One choir will be in attendance to sing their version of Coldplay’s inspirational hit Fix You.
Professor Julie Jomeen, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Hull, said: “It is both an honour and a joy to light up the Allam Medical Building, the flagship of our health campus at the University of Hull.
“In recognition of the heritage and future promise of the NHS – as we move closer to building the cohesive workforce required by the NHS to deliver the highest standard of healthcare in the 21st century – we are delighted to join the nation in celebrating this remarkable organisation.”
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust hopes its 2,500-strong workforce will wear the service’s signature colour to enter its celebratory ‘best in blue’ competition. The sharpest dresser will be chosen on Friday by the organisation’s chief executive Michele Moran who will donate and present a prize.
She said: “We thought what better way to celebrate the NHS’s big day than by encouraging our staff to come to work dressed in blue.
“We hope they will send us their selfies or team photos so we can share them on our website and social media sites.
“The competition is sure to be one of the highlights of what is certain to be a very special day.”
The Trust will also run more than 20 stalls at this year’s Hull and East Riding Health Expo, a free public event scheduled to be held from 10am until 4pm at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel in Ferensway, Hull.
Members of the public are invited to come and go throughout the day and will have the opportunity to explore the exhibition and meet health professionals and experts from a range of local health services.
As part of the NHS70 celebrations, this year’s Health Expo will include a special archive with memorabilia, artefacts and photographs on display until 7pm to showcase the fascinating history and remarkable progress of the NHS over its lifetime.
The Expo will also include a careers fair to inspire the future workforce of the NHS and show the wide range of careers that are available.
Dr Gina Palumbo, local GP and NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG chairwoman, said: “The Hull and East Riding Health Expo seems to get bigger and better each year, it is always a wonderful occasion and one which I look forward to.
“As this year we celebrate 70 years of the NHS it is timely chance to proudly look back and celebrate everything the NHS has achieved over that time.”
Emma Latimer, chief executive of NHS Hull CCG, hopes the event will inspire people to join the NHS. She said: “Health Expo is a great chance to celebrate and I’m looking forward to seeing all of the staff at the event who do such a fantastic job, year in, year out.
“We want to see the NHS survive for the next 70 years which is why the careers fair is so important and will hopefully inspire the next generation of health care professionals.”
This year will be the third time the event has taken place, with 1,000 people estimated to have attended in 2017.
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